It’s been a while we visited notepad.cc, a fast web service to jot down your notes or memos or todos and password protect them, or to share info between different systems. No accounts, no logins, no attachments. However, the developer put down a service end notice in Dec 2015. Though it’s still running, the notice is still there and we started looking for some alternatives. Continue reading notepad.cc alternatives
It’s been some time I’ve been using StackEdit for drafting articles. While StackEdit has everything I need, it needs considerable memory to run and render the preview. I found a new service that is equally capable but very light – Classeur. I must admit the design of Classeur seemed a bit odd to me at first, but once I found my way around, it’s quite cool. Continue reading Classeur: web markdown editor
StackEdit is another beautiful online markdown editor in the lines of Laverna which we explored earlier. The same article touches many other online Markdown editors but StackEdit is probably the best of the lot. Using StackEdit is a delight due to its smooth design and powerful professional features. Continue reading StackEdit: awesome markdown editor
Notes is a web application for storing your encrypted notes in the cloud. It takes a different approach from Laverna which stores your notes locally without encryption. Notes, however, works like Evernote on principle.
- Create a new password protected notebook in the cloud
- Password never sent to the cloud. If you forget it, your notebook is also gone.
- Find notes with Sublime Text like fuzzy search
- Use the backend in your applications using JASONRPC
- Decent rich text editor
Webpage: Encrypted Notes
GitHub Gist is a place to store all your code snippets and notes for easy showcasing or sharing. The service has many official and unofficial clients to post of fetch text. We found a new shell script based client that allows sending text right from the terminal.
The gist script (gist.sh) allows you to post test as a registered user or anonymously. You can send text files or text. When you run the command it returns you the URL of the new gist created.
-f Specify a filename of an existing file to send as a gist. -n Specify the name of a gist you'd like to create (must be used in conjunction with -c) -c Specify the text of the gist you'd like to create (must be used in conjunction with -n) -u Specify the user (default is anonymous) -p Specify the creation of a private (aka "secret") gist. The default is public
Create a gist from a file with a username:
$ gist.sh -u exampleuser -f test.txt
Create an anonymous gist with a name from a text string:
$ gist.sh -n test -c "This is a test\nPlease ignore" //Note that newlines need the \n character.
To get the utility, download the repository. Extract and use the gist.sh script. It uses curl to send your text to the Gist service.
We wrote about Nitro and Springseed earlier. Both of these native apps are good alternatives to Evernote on Linux as they can integrate with Dropbox. And then we have Nevernote (aka NixNote) – the multiplatform (JAVA based) open source client designed to work with Evernote. Recently we came across another open source project which is a very capable alternative to Evernote.
Laverna is written in Javscript and can run online in your browser or can be installed locally. Use markdown text to create beautiful notes with Laverna. I drafted this article in Laverna.
Laverna has native desktop clients too.
- No registration needed for the online app.
- Laverna uses IndexedDB and localStorage. All the information will be stored only on client-side.
- Can encrypt the client-side notes with SJCL library.
- Optional synchronization with cloud storage.
- Markdown text. Laverna web app uses pagedown and ACE editor.
- Clean interface. Several editing modes: distraction-free mode, preview mode and normal.
- Useful editor tools: blockquote, sample code, image insertion, tags.
- Works as a task manager too. Check the sample note.
- Local install possible.
- Runs as a web service, so platform independent.
- Native client for Linux, Windows, Mac.
- Self-hosted option.
- Open source and free.
- Dillinger is another excellent cloud based markdown editor that stores the notes locally and optionally in Dropbox, GitHub, Google Drive and OneDrive. It also supports many themes and export options.
- Remarkable is a fully local application but I wouldn’t mind it because of tons of dependencies.
- Paperwork is a open source note-taking & archiving alternative to Evernote, Microsoft OneNote & Google Keep.
- Everpad is an unofficial Linux Evernote client.
Framapad Lite is the online deployment of the collaborative editor Etherpad. It is possible to install Etherpad locally but an online service makes collaborative editing with your friends or colleagues super easy. Framapad Lite is not as feature rich as Microsoft Word but it is more powerful than Word Pad. Features:
- On-screen chat
- Changes made by each author is shown in different colors to easily identify
- Import documents from or export to different formats like HTML, PDF etc.
- Use Timeslider to play the version history and get back to any past version
- In case the interface is showing in French for you, change it from the Setings button. The last entry is the Language.
- Share and embed a pad
I couldn’t find any way to password protect a document and the software silently takes auto-backups. So be careful about entering sensitive data.
Many a time it happens that you need to take quick notes or save some links that you will access shortly, from another system. If the data is not very sensitive there is a quick way of taking notes and accessing them from anywhere – notepad.cc. You can password protect the note as well. By default this sites generates a random URL for you at which your notes will be saved. For example, I created this new note for a demonstration. But the power of this cloud-based application lies elsewhere, it allows you to create your own note URLs if it is still available! So use something that you can remember easily, e.g., http://notepad.cc/bookitnow (it is available right now ;))! If you are like me and still afraid of forgetting the link add it as a bookmark in your browser or mail it to yourself to use the same link as long as you like. You can share your password protected note with anyone using the share button and it will still be safe as sharing only provides read-only access.